Care Guide | Sweet Protection

In order for you to enjoy the safety the Sweet Protection products offer, please take some time to read carefully how you should take care of the products. 

how to take proper care of your sweet helmet

Sweet Protection Helmet Care

  • Before every time you use your helmet, make sure nothing is badly torn, worn or missing.
  • Replacement: Your helmet is made to absorb some of the potential energy of a blow. Even though damage may not be visible or apparent, it is infinitely important that any helmet having suffered from a major impact in an accident, or has received a similarly severe blow, should be replaced. An inspection of the helmet might not reveal any apparent damage, but it might be there. Sweet Protection also advise that any helmet, should be replaced after approximately three years of normal use, or sooner if exposed to long periods of sun, hard use, or any contact with chemicals. The helmet must also be replaced if it does not fit anymore.
  • For cleaning, use clean water (max temperature 30°C) and mild soap only. Dry naturally and not in contact with direct heat or on hot surfaces.
  • Avoid any applications of paint, adhesive stickers/transfers, cleaning fluids, chemicals and other solvents that may drastically reduce the protection give by this helmet.
  • The helmet will be damaged if exposed to temperatures exceeding 62°C (ca. 150°F). Please note that leaving the helmet in the window of your car (or similar) on a warm and sunny day, it may easily exceed this temperature. If exposed to such temperatures, the helmet must be immediately discarded and replaced.
  • The helmet will not perform as intended if one modify or replace any of the original elements included in the helmet. Please note that any customizing is not recommended, and that this will cancel the warranty. Sweet Protection or its distributors will not accept any responsibility for damage, injuries resulting from misuse or from a modified helmet.
  • For carrying the helmet use the package supplied by Sweet Protection. After the use, the helmet shall be stored unpacked in a cool, dry, dark place away from heat sources, frost, high humidity, corrosive substances or other possible causes of damage. During transportation avoid that any sharp object damages it by falling from above. After buying the helmet keep the packaging, it will be used for carrying it or in presence of some defects for the warranty validity at the shop where you bought it.
  • Accessories and spare parts: Accessories and/or replacement parts are available on the Sweet Protection's catalogue. Use only original accessories supplied by Sweet Protection.

HOW TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR Protection Gear

Sweet Protection Knee Pads product care

  • The protector can be seriously damaged by substances such as petrol, gasoline, paint adhesive or cleaning agents. 
  • Do not make any adjustments to your Sweet protector.
  • When cleaning the product; apply only mild soap and water. And let it dry naturally. 
  • If your protector experiences a serious blow; it should be destroyed and replaced. 

Go out there and have a great time shredding! 

HOW TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR Technical clothing

How to properly wash and take care of your Sweet Protection garments

GORE-TEX CARE 

Sweet Gore-Tex Wash and care

Not only are GORE-TEX® products built to last, they are easy to care for. Routine care will ensure excellent performance and extend their useful life. You'll find the care instruction inside the tag on your Sweet Protection product.

In general; the following routine should be followed: Before laundering your garment, zip the front closure, pockets and pit zips completely, and fasten all flaps and straps. Be sure to follow the garment manufacturer's instructions to ensure high performance.

HOW TO WASH AND DRY:

  • Machine wash on a warm permanent press cycle (105º F/40º C) using a small amount of liquid detergent. Rinse twice, minimize spinning to reduce creasing. Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach as they will affect garment performance. Do not wash with heavily soiled clothing.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
  • Line dry your garment, or tumble dry it on a warm, gentle cycle. Once it is dry, tumble dry your garment for 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water-repellent (DWR) treatment on the outer fabric.
  • If unable to tumble dry, iron the dry garment on gentle setting (warm, no steam) by placing a towel or cloth between the garment and the iron. This will help reactivate the DWR treatment on your garment's outer fabric.

Dry Clean: Gore recommends home laundering. If professional dry cleaning is necessary, request that the cleaner use clear distilled hydrocarbon solvent for rinsing and then spray DWR on the garment's outer fabric before drying. 

Water Repellent Treatment: When the factory applied treatment can no longer be reactivated, apply a new water-repellent treatment (available at local outdoor retailers) to the garment's outer fabric.

Please take some time to watch the W.L. Gore instructional video below: 

The same procedure of wash applies to our DryZeal-products. 

DOWN CARE

Sweet Protection Down wash and care

A down jacket deserves a good wash every now and then and giving it a round in the tumble dryer gives it more puffiness and increased warming capabilities. Check the instruction inside your Sweet Protection garment. 

HOW TO WASH AND DRY: 

  • Brush off any loose mud or dirt and do up any zips.
  • Machine wash the product with a gentle cycle at  105º F/40º C. Use a gentle soap. Rinse twice. Do not use bleach. Do not use fabric softener and do not dry clean.
  • Tumble dry on low heat with two tennis balls (or special drying balls). The balls will help to agitate the down fill and feathers allowing the loft to return to maximum warmth.

When the season is over please store the down jacket in a down bag or hang it up. By doing so your Sweet down jacket remains its puffiness and is ready for the next cold day! 

MERINO WOOL 

With proper care, your woollen garments can last for decades. And luckily, when it comes to wool, nature does most of the work for you; wool is a remarkable natural product that  is extremely adept at keeping itself clean. Because wool naturally resists bacteria, it is actually both antimicrobial and antibacterial. Meaning you don`t have to wash them as often as your cotton or synthetic garments. Just airing them, goes a long way - particularly in humid weather. The moist air takes dirt and bad odors with it as it passes through the garment. 

HOW TO WASH: 

  • Avoid using or washing together with other clothes that have zippers or Velcro, as they can easily rip the threads in wool knits.
  • Always follow the washing instructions on the care label attached to the garment.
  • Use detergent specifically designed for wool to make the fibers last longer.
  • Hand wash or use the «wool wash» - program which is applicable on most washing machines.
  • Small spots should be cleaned with a brush directly on the affected area, then rinse it through with clean cold water.
  • Avoid washing your wool clothing too often. Airing them after use is enough to keep the wool fresh.

HOW TO DRY:

  • Do not tumble-dry! It's a myth that high temp is the culprit of shrunken or damaged wool garment. In fact it is the agitation that causes the wool fibers to felt together and shrink.
  • Lay flat to dry, to maintain the garments shape - especially when it comes to thicker wool garments such as knitted sweaters. Wet wool will stretch if you hang them. 

Once dry you are ready for another great day in the mountains!